In part thanks to foreign-trained local chefs, the past decade has brought a gastronomic revolution to Budapest—slimmer menus, inventive recipes, and healthier ingredients are replacing the gut-busting plates of the communist era. A word to the wise: many of these places offer a weekday lunch prix fixe for a fraction of the regular prices. And if you prefer to stick to old-school, traditional Hungarian dishes, try these restaurants.
Borkonyha (Winekitchen) is a high-end restaurant in Budapest's downtown, serving pan-European fine dining dishes and over 200 types of Hungarian wines. The executive chef, Ákos Sárközi, applies inventive techniques to locally-sourced ingredients and puts out colorful, almost artistically visual plates.